Taco Bell "Thankful" For Lawsuit
Taco Bell sued for false advertisement. (KTLA-TV)
The Mexican-style restaurant took out full page ads in several major newspapers across the nation, including the L.A. Times that said "Thank you for suing us. Here's the truth about our beef."
The ad goes on to explain that their meet is 88 perfect beef with 12 percent going to a combination of secret ingredients that include water, mexican spices and oats.
Taco Bell released a statement earlier in the week saying it doesn't exaggerate what it gives consumers and that there has been no false advertising about any of its products.
Taco Bell's menu came under scrutiny when a class-action lawsuit was filed in federal court saying there is not enough animal meat to qualify as beef.
The plaintiff is identified as Amanda Obney of California, and the suit was filed January 21 in U.S. District Court in the Central District, Southern Division, in Santa Ana.
The class-action suit, which does not ask for money, objects to Taco Bell calling its products "seasoned ground beef or seasoned beef, when in fact a substantial amount of the filling contains substances other than beef."
It says Taco Bell's ground beef is made of such components as water, isolated oat product, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch, sodium phosphate, as well as some beef and seasonings.
Just 35 percent of the taco filling was a solid, and just 15 percent overall was protein, said attorney W. Daniel "Dee" Miles III of the in Montgomery, Ala., law firm Beasley Allen, which filed the suit.
Click here for a description of some of the alleged ingredients in Taco Bell's taco meat.
"Taco Bell's definition of 'seasoned beef' does not conform to consumers' reasonable expectation or ordinary meaning of seasoned beef, which is beef and seasonings," the suit says. Beef is the "flesh of cattle," according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.